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Grave Marker


By mazzalani - Saturday, January 29, 2011

I have visited the forum before but just registered so that i could post a question 2 the community.

A dear, childhood friend, best friend, **** near might as well be family, my brother recently well in the last year passed away. he actually took his own life and upon hearing about his son, the father ended his life the same day.

i lost a friend but his real brothers and sister lost both father and sibling in the same day, needless 2 say things were chaotic, they've mellowed a bit, still sorting things out.

why i'm posting is cuz my departed friend's blood brother and i have become really good friends and he asked me 2 join him and his son 2 go 2 river today, well this morning to pick out a nice smooth flat river rock that he was hoping we could inscribe.

i know anything is possible so i just shrugged and said "well...yeah", i'm up in northern california near the yuba river forks and so the rocks are perfect but i'm really unsure of what i'll be using, i mentioned a company i saw that will inscribe things for you, but it would be much more meaningful if we could do this on our own. we're a little country out here, small town but my buddy that passed was a logger and i don't think he would want it any other way.

i saw previous post, i saw blue bits mentioned, i havent even searched much yet online,i just wanted to put this out there 2 see if anyone had any suggestions, input anything would be greatly appreciated, i apologize for lengthy post, i know it can be frustrating when fng shows up and posts questions that can be found in archives. but i will be searching there, links i tried in previous post didnt work for me but i will try again.

thank you for taking time to read if you got this far, i really do appreciate it.

By AlienPizza - Saturday, February 19, 2011

I have been able to scribe some stones with a diamond ball tip bit, in order to engrave small stones with names for necklace pendants. I don't know what size stone you intend to engrave. If a larger stone or harder granite is wanted, like the size of an average grave marker, maybe a hammer drill with a chisel bit would be more what you're looking for. Or a visit to a monument works to see what they use.
By DrDremel - Sunday, November 25, 2012

Dayum, Sorry to hear about that and your loss. Sounds like a great idea though. Gives me some ideas too about a brother I lost years ago who was cremated. We don't have a headstone for him being he doesn't have a grave. I've often considered finding a nice rock and making something where his accident happened, and where his ashes are to be scattered.

Post back up on how this went and what you ended up using to get it done. A pic of how it turned out would be cool too if you don't mind. And it can be sent in PM if you wish. Thanks, and again, sorry to hear that.
By Dremel Customer Service - Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hi this is Beth from Dremel.  After reading all the posts, one can see how many users/artists are wanting to etch in stones.  This craft has become more popular over the years.  I know a lot of people think that the Dremel tool with the bits can do this job, however, when engraving or inscribing in stones... this is something that our bits have a hard time handling.  Though the diamond bits can engrave, it's not a "deep" result, and I know this is what everyone is looking for.  The bits get very hot when doing this type of applications and something has got to cool them down.  Usually, people want to spray water on them... but this is definitely NOT recommended nor suggested by Dremel.  This is a hazard!  Might I suggest visiting a Lapidary shop (one that deals with rocks/stones)?  They might be able to lead you onto a pneumatic tool that will enable you to do this type of application.  If you have any questions and you would like to talk to Dremel Customer Service, please contact us on our toll free phone number of 1-800-437-3635, Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm, CST.  Any of us would be more than happy to assist you.  Have a great day!
By DrDremel - Friday, November 30, 2012

Thanks for the heads up. I'd hate to have wasted funds on diamond bits to have them burn up and go dull. Chances are a lower rpm tool might do the job. I have had real good success on many projects and tools turning down or using lower rpms to not overheat the bit and let the bit dig in and do it's work instead of just skipping and spinning against the material and overheating the bits or stones. Bits seems to last longer too. Faster isn't always better.